Pubs, restaurants and bars in Scotland will be able to serve booze to customers indoors for the first time in eight months from next week.

During Tuesday's coronavirus update, Nicola Sturgeon announced that mainland Scotland - with the exception of Moray - will move to lockdown Level 2.

Rules will be relaxed from May 17, meaning that bars and restaurants will now be able to serve alcohol indoors.

Alcohol is currently only allowed to be consumed in beer gardens until 10pm after lockdown restrictions on hospitality eased on April 26.

The Scottish Government announced a raft of other measures easing next week including a travel traffic light system and mixing indoors.

Pubs in Scotland will be able to serve booze to customers indoors

Scotland's rules on drinking alcohol indoors

Level 2

Lockdown restrictions in Level 2 allow people to enjoy alcohol inside a pub or restaurant up until 10:30pm.

Drinkers will have to pre-book and are only allowed to stay at the table for a maximum of two hours.

Up to six people from three separate households can meet indoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar.

This changes to eight people from eight households outdoors, with beer gardens to stay open according to local licensing laws.

The maximum number of people you can meet indoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is six which can be from up to three separate households.

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Social distancing rules and restrictions on the number of people allowed in bars will remain in place.

Drinkers will have to stay seated at tables and can't stand or mingle at the bar area. Face masks must be worn when customers enter the premises or stand up to leave.

Track and trace rules are still in force so anyone visiting a bar will have to leave their name and contact details.

Level 1

  • Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and the following islands within Argyll and Bute: Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva

Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open indoors and serve alcohol until 11pm under Level 1 rules.

Beer gardens can stay open outdoors within local licensing laws for the consumption of food and booze.

Up to eight people from three households can can meet indoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar.

Meanwhile, the maximum number of people you can meet outdoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is 12 which can be from up to 12 separate households.

Similar social distancing rules and safety measures apply to Level 1 and Level 2.